Discussion: Considering Your Audience

Discussion: Considering Your Audience

I don’t know how to handle this History question and need guidance.

Up to this point in the course, you have focused on the academic process of researching, evaluating sources, and writing an exploration document that is mostly for you and your instructor. This week, you started to look into evaluating your audience for a presentation and considering how you might tailor your writing or speaking to fit a specific audience. What challenges does trying to communicate your analysis of a work of art, literature, or music present? In your post, describe a time you had to explain the impact of a song, television show, book, movie, or some other work from the humanities to someone who was not familiar with the work.

In your post, make sure you answer the following questions:

  • How did explaining the impact of the work go?
  • What challenges arose?
  • How did your explanation change based on your audience’s education level, age, gender, cultural background, relationship to you, and so on?

As you respond to your peers, pick one example of something being described (e.g., a song, TV show, book, or movie) that you are unfamiliar with. What kind of explanation could have helped you (the audience) understand its impact? Why?

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